|I love this one!|
(Lyn is such a lucky duck.)
|This was the "Walk like an Egyptian" song.|
|Check out Marian's cat-eyes. Love them!|
|The make-up brush makes a mighty fine microphone, in case you didn't know.|
|It also works magnificently if your cabinets need a little painting or dusting.|
|My favorite of the day by far. Never underestimate the magical power of peppy tunes.|
|Can you see the "40"? We tend to get a little creative in my family. That's 'cause we're lazy about buying candles.|
"When we hear a Dharma talk or study a sutra, our only job is to remain open. Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing. If we read or listen with an open mind and an open heart, the rain of the Dharma will penetrate the soil of our consciousness. . . . While reading, or listening, don't work too hard. Be like the earth. When the rain comes, the earth only has to open herself up to the rain. " (emphasis added by me, Charlotte)
There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important. Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, "Where are you going?" and the first man replies, "I don't know! Ask the horse!" This is also our story. We are riding a horse, we don't know where we are going, and we can't stop. The horse is our habit energy pulling us along and we are powerless. We are always running, and it has become a habit. . . . we have to learn the art of stopping--stopping our thinking, our habit energies, our forgetfulness, the strong emotions that rule us. . . How can we stop? . . . We can stop by practicing mindful breathing, mindful waking, mindful smiling (Charlotte here-that one is my personal favorite), and deep looking in order to understand. When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understanding acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy.
Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia—even during times of stress and fatigue. Because they unnecessarily complicate their lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives.